About the Book
For a period of eighty-five years, the M Street / Dunbar High School was an academically elite, all-black public high school in Washington DC. As far back as 1899, its students came in first in citywide tests given in both black and white schools. Over this eighty-five-year span, approximately 80 percent of M Street / Dunbar's graduates went on to college even though most Americans, white or black, did not attend college at all. Faculty and students were mutually respectful to one another, and disruptions in the classroom were not tolerated. Yet in this era of best practices, this public high school has received virtually no attention in the literature or in policy considerations for inner-city education. The Dunbar High School today, with its new building and athletic facilities, is just another ghetto school with abysmal standards and low test score results despite the District of Columbia's record of having some of the country's highest levels of money spent per pupil. The purpose of this study is to explore the history of a high school that was successful in teaching black children from low-income families and to determine if the learning model employed there could be successful in a modern inner-city public education environment.
About the Author: Archie Morris III received his doctorate Nova/Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and has taught at Bowie State University; Howard University, Southeastern University, and National-Louis University, and was Administrative Director for the Northern Virginia Executive MBA program for the New York Institute of Technology. He is a native Washingtonian, an alumnus from the "old Dunbar" days, and a volunteer with the Dunbar Alumni Federation (DAF). He has more than 30 years of management experience in the federal government, state/local government, the military, and the private sector, and has presented at several conferences, published articles in peer-reviewed journals, and written "white papers," speeches, and reports for government agencies and officials.